Stephen Fredenberg, 13, of Tega Cay has been playing golf for a little more than a year. On Aug. 24, he scored something most golfers never see in their lifetime: a hole-in-one.
“When I teed off, I knew I hit the green,” Stephen said. “I just had no idea it had gone into the hole. We searched the whole green for my ball before I thought to look inside the cup.”
Fredenberg, an eighth-grader at Gold Hill Middle School, was enjoying a round of golf with his dad, Robert, at Regent Park Golf Club in Fort Mill, a course he had never played. He made the 147-yard shot at the 13th hole, using his six iron.
“It was just unbelievable to me,” Stephen said. “I was so excited I called my mom (Tracey) and then called my grandfather as well. Both were ecstatic for me. My grandfather told me I made his day.”
Fredenberg’s grandfather, Jerry McDonald of Hilton Head, was an avid golfer until he had to give it up three years ago because of declining health. He, too, made a hole-in-one in his golfing history, but not until he was 68.
Fredenberg’s hole-in-one was an amazing gift to his grandfather, who is now in Hospice care, and a perfect moment for them to share, mom Tracey said.
“I will never forget the thrill of that moment and the blessing it was to be able to share it with my family,” Stephen said. “It may be my first, but hopefully not my last.”
Wendy Dimitri is a freelance writer in Lake Wylie. Email Neighbors at the Lake column ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.